Earn a MRI Technologist Graduate Certificate - 2021/2022

This face to face/online hybrid program provides the opportunity for technologists to develop discipline specific knowledge that is coupled with a clinical practicum. Classes/labs are one day per week, allowing students to maintain employment while growing professionally. Two-16 week levels consist of courses that provide a thorough foundation in MR safety, physics, patient care, procedures, pathology and cross sectional anatomy. You will learn from MRI practitioners, Radiologists and Physicists. 

By participating in labs (patient care simulation and scanning on a 3T magnet) your knowledge transfers while gaining hands-on experience.

The next level is a 16 week clinical rotation (600 hours). You’re placed in an inpatient/outpatient facility allowing you to develop the valuable skills necessary for an entry level practitioner. The last component is the Consolidation and Review course that prepares you for the national exam.

We are fully accredited by Accreditation Canada 

Program Overview

After successfully completing this program you will receive an Ontario advanced certificate from Fanshawe College, School of Health Sciences, Graduates are eligible to take the Magnetic resonance imaging certification examination administered by the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) and/or by the American registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

The Canadian certification provides graduates with nationally recognised credentials for practicing magnetic resonance imaging and fulfills regulatory body requirements needed for employment, where applicable. In the United States, in addition to ARRT requirements some states may have additional licensure requirements. 


Career Information

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging program find employment MRI technologists in hospitals, medical clinics, research facilities and private industry settings across the county. 

Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 

Here is an example of an employment opportunity Career Services has received for students and graduates of Fanshawe’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging program:

Magnetic Resonance Technologist

Perform all required MRI examinations as prescribed by physicians or radiologists.




Admission Requirements - 2021/2022

Admission Requirements

Medical Radiation Technology Ontario College Advanced Diploma with a current Certificate as a member of the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) in:
          - General Radiography
          - Radiation Therapy 
          - Nuclear Medicine 
          - General Sonography
A Bachelor�s Degree with a current Certificate as a member of the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) in:
          - General Radiography
          - Radiation Therapy 
          - Nuclear Medicine 
          - General Sonography
40 weeks clinical experience within the last 5 years in one of the disciplines stated above*

*Proof of clinical experience required by completing clinical experience form


English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 University Stream English credit (or equivalent) with at least four recent years of full-time study in an educational institution where the language of instruction and of examinations was English and which was located in a country where the first language is English
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 92 for the Internet-based test (iBT) (22 writing, 26 speaking, 20 reading and 20 listening) with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 7.0 with no score less than 6.5 in reading and listening and a score of 7.0 in writing and speaking, with test results within the last two years.  SDS Program Requirements.  
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with a score of 70 in writing, reading and speaking and a score of 80 in listening, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 65, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 185 with no score less than 176 in reading and listening and 185 in writing and speaking, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum score of 90 with at least a 4 on the oral interview

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements

Post-Admission Requirements

The following items are applicable to the program and are time sensitive.  Please refer to www.fanshawec.ca/preplacement for important information about preparing for placement by the due date.

  • Possession of a Standard First Aid course certificate (either St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross or equivalent) and a Basic Rescuer course certificate - Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers (HCP) in accordance with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Canadian Guidelines for CPR
  • Evidence of Good Health
  • Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening, including a check of the Pardoned Sexual Offenders Database
  • Placement Agreement
  • Completion of an MR Screening Form
    • In some specific cases, there are absolute contraindications (e.g., some cardiac pacemakers, cochlear implant) to the field of MRI that would prevent a person from practising in this area.  If you find yourself in this situation you need to be aware of this restriction - you will be ineligible to attend the clinical practicum of the MRI program and therefore will not be eligible to graduate from the MRI program.
    • Certain implants, devices or objects may be hazardous to you in the MRI environment. If you answer yes to any of the contraindications on the MR Screening form checklist, please contact the MRI Program Coordinator, before enrolling in the program.


Magnetic Resonance Imaging-2021/2022

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
SFTY-6008Patient Care & Safety in MRI4
Course content provides information on MR safety principles, including concepts that relate to MR equipment and the unique risks to anyone in the MR environment. The importance of taking a leader role in education self and others on the prevention of MR incidents is emphasized. Various decision making strategies based on developed guidelines for safe MR practices are introduced and implemented. A focus on cultural diversity and lifespan considerations when caring for and communications with patients / families / other members of the inter/Intraprofessional team is discussed. The professional and appropriate delivery of care before, during and after MRI procedures, magnet and patient-related emergencies within the MR environment and documentation is emphasized. Content also provides basic concepts of pharmacology, covering instruction and practice of venipuncture, and safe administration of contrast media and/or intravenous medications. In addition, content introduces quality assurance measures used in maintaining image quality.
PHYS-6001Physics of MRI5
This course focuses on the physical principles, equipment and instrumentation of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). The application of the advantages and limitations of various MR scanning parameters and protocols and the impact on image contrast will be emphasized. Knowledge of physics principles for image formation, reconstruction and manipulation will be presented. Advanced techniques such as Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS), Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA/MRV), and Echo planar Imaging (EPI) will be studied.

Level 2
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
ANAT-6008Cross-Sectional Anatomy2
This course focuses on the study of human anatomy as seen in axial, sagittal, long and short axis as well as coronal planes for the neurologic, abdominal and pelvic, musculoskeletal and vascular systems. Application of anatomical knowledge will be applied to MR images and other clinical imaging modalities.
MRIP-6002Applied Science of MRI5
This course focuses on imaging methodology for carrying out an imaging procedure. This includes patient preparation and positioning, utility of anatomical landmarks, determining the limit and extent of coverage as it relates to the relevant clinical data anatomical structures / pathologies. Procedure planning and image optimization is discussed as it relates to coil implementation/ practices, scan planes, pulse sequence selection, parameters /options trade-offs. and specific absorption rates. Responsibilities regarding data accuracy (recognising and responding to artifacts) and completeness are emphasised.
This course will focus on how to recognize common pathologies, anomalies, and conditions seen in MRI imaging. We will focus on diseases of the Central Nervous System, Musculoskeletal, Neck/Thorax, respiratory, male and female reproductive tract and Abdominal Pathology and corresponding vasculature. We will apply knowledge of pathophysiology as it relates to the clinical procedures by evaluating images for normal results and variants. Learning will be enhanced by readings, in-class discussions and PowerPoint presentations.

Level 3
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
MRIP-6003Clinical Practicum30
The purpose of this course is to allow the student to apply the theoretical knowledge obtained during the didactic portion of the program to the clinical environment. The student will spend this time at an affiliated clinical hospital under the supervision of a clinical co-coordinator or staff technologist.
MRIP-6001Consolidation & Review1
The purpose of this course is to review the material previously presented in the theory courses as well as the knowledge attained in the clinical practicum of the program to help prepare the student for the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) national MRI certification exam.

Program Residency
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 13 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program

Careers - 2021/2022

Career Opportunities

Graduates may find employment in: hospitals, medical clinics, research facilities and private industry.

More Information - 2021/2022

A One-Year Ontario College Graduate Certificate Program
Program Code:  MRI1
Campus Code:  LC (LC - London)
September Admission
16 week terms
Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates


School of Health Sciences: 519-452-4207

Program Description

This graduate certificate program is designed for the practising Medical Radiation Technologist in the Nuclear Medicine, Radiography or Radiation Therapy or Ultrasound disciplines, who wishes to expand his/her career to include Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).  Graduates of this program will be prepared to write the MRI National Certification Examination as set by the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT).

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist is a valuable member of the health care team who utilizes strong magnetic fields and radio frequency pulses to produce high quality images to support the diagnoses of disease and injury.  Through their knowledge of cross-sectional Anatomy, MR equipment, scanning protocols, patient screening, and other MRI safety concerns, the MRI Technologist produces these high quality images of the patient in a variety of different planes.  Exceptional patient care and communication skills are required to work in this environment.

The format of the program is designed to meet the needs of the practising professional by combining face-to-face contact one day per week with online learning activities.  The didactic component of the program will be comprised of two 16 week levels. Following completion of the first two didactic levels, the student will commence an 18 week clinical practicum at an affiliated hospital site.  The clinical practicum will be concluded with an intensive consolidation and review on campus, to prepare the student for their certification exams. 

By delivering this MRI program in a hybrid face-to-face/online format, students will be able to maintain their employment where they are providing key diagnostic services, while enhancing their ability to serve their community's needs with expanded career potential as future MRI Technologists.

Other Information

  • Most professions have practice and licensing requirements that are determined by their respective provincial governing bodies. Graduates of this program will require Regulatory Body registration. To ensure these requirements are fulfilled, please check the appropriate provincial agency guidelines. In Ontario, contact the College of Medical Radiation and Imaging Technologists of Ontario at 416-975-4353 or 1-800-563-5847 or online at www.cmrito.org.
  • Assigned online activity is required for the three levels. The student will be expected to commit to rigorous independent study, assigned readings, collaborative group work, online discussions and assignment submissions comprising a significant component of the educational experience.
  • Clinical placements are assigned in a variety of ways in the MRI program. Students who are sponsored by an agency will be guaranteed a clinical placement at the sponsoring agency.
  • Those who enroll in the MRI program without sponsorship will use the Clinical Site Selection form.  This form is issued during orientation at which time students will rank their clinical practicum site preferences.  All efforts will be made to place a student in their first choice; however, if there are two people interested in the same clinical placement, a lottery system will be used to finalize the selections. 

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to :

1. Perform, in accordance with current standards, various magnetic resonance imaging procedures involving the head and neck, spine, chest, abdomen and pelvis, as well as the musculoskeletal and vascular systems.

2. Apply the theoretical concepts of physics to the work required in the delivery of MRI services.

3. Ensure the safety of clients and staff when delivering MRI services.

4. Interact effectively with the clients and their families.

5. Prepare and position the client according to the established protocol, in order to optimize image quality.

6. Use the MRI equipment, accessories and software efficiently.

7. Assess the client's condition during the diagnostic test and/or the procedure and intervene effectively, if necessary.

8. Apply the theoretical concepts of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology to the work required in the delivery of MRI services.

9. Efficiently transfer and store images, using the various media available (PACS, film, CDs, hard drive).

10. Work with the various members of the health care team: radiologists and other physicians, physicists, nursing staff and other health professionals.

11. Perform duties professionally and as a member of a health care team.

12 Evaluate MRI system performance, using quality control procedures.

Program Pathways

For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.

Program Details

More details

Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2022 September

International Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2022 September
Program Code

Program Coordinator:

Liz Lorusso, MRT(R), MRT (MR), B Appl Sc.

Day Time
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
50 weeks